4K-6th OVLC Staff Update

Information for the week of 2/1 - 2/5

Week of January 25th:

Monday, February 1:
  • No Common Planning
  • MAP & FAST Assessments

Tuesday, February2:

Wednesday, February 3:

Thursday, February 4:

  • No Common Planning / Instructional Design Meeting

Friday, February 5:


February & March Dates

Week of February 1st:

  • Virtual MAP Assessing Begins (Winter Schedule)
  • In Person MAP Testing Sessions (Tues)
  • Common Planning Meetings (Mon/Tues/Thur): CANCELED (Please capture this time back to support MAP assessing, providing feedback on asynchronous learning, or planning)

Week of February 8th:

  • Tuesday, February 9th OVLC PTO Meeting at 7PM (zoom link coming soon)
  • Supply Drop off and Pick Up (Wed-Fri) OVLC Print Order Document

Week of February 15th:

  • Schedule Conferences 2 evenings this week from 4PM-7PM
  • Data Meetings Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Schedule)
  • Thursday (18th) & Friday (19th) Non Student Days (PD Day and Teacher Work Day) (Agenda coming soon)


  • 2nd Trimester Ends on February 26th
  • Report Cards Due on March 4th

March Dates to Remember:

  • March 3rd Mentor Meeting 4:15-5:45
  • March 10th New Hire Meeting 4:15-5:45
  • March 15th PD Day
  • March 26th: Sarah at SLI for admin support (call SLI if you need to get ahold of her)
  • March 29th-April 5th SPRING BREAK!

Black History Month Resources

(From Liz)

Google For Education has Applied Digital Skills that has templates and lesson plan ideas to use with students. They have created 7 lesson ideas for Black History Month to "explore the importance of Black history, express your identity, and celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout history." The link to these lessons can be found here: LINIK

If you would like to try one of these lessons, I am happy to collaborate with you on how to implement them with your students!

National Parks - Virtual Field Trip Opportunity!

Rangers teach virtual lessons from the snow in the Grand Tetons National Park!


Winter Conferences

UPDATE: Please email Sarah to share your plans for conferences (dates, schedule, etc.) You are welcome to adjust dates as needed; please just keep me in the loop.

Buildings schedule conferences during the month of February during 2 evenings (4PM-7PM). Conferences are not mandatory for each student; rather, it is recommended that you connect with families of students who are below benchmark. Conferences are virtual and should be no longer than 15-20 minutes. To be consistent with the other buildings, please plan to hold conferences outside of your instructional day during the week of February 15th. Should you need more time to accommodate families, we will use Tuesday, March 2nd as a day for you to provide asynchronous learning and meet with families who were unable to be scheduled in February.

I will include this information in our Smore tomorrow. Please use the system or structure to schedule conferences as you did last semester. I will communicate with families that conference information will come from teachers and the targeted dates will be during the week of February 15th and on March 2nd, if needed. I will also indicate that conferences are optional for families.

(If you have conflicts on the dates listed, please let me know and identify other dates that you will offer to families)


Proctoring Refresher Training

Access Passcode: GAs6U5^Y

Proctoring Refresher and Virtual Testing Training

Access Passcode: GAs6U5^Y

Testing Schedule

This is the information letter sent to families regarding the Winter MAP Assessment:


Informational Letter for at-home virtual testing: VIRTUAL MAP ASSESSMENT LETTER

Students will have the opportunity to take their MAP assessment in person at East Campus on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 2nd

Kindergarten and First Grade: Students only take the Math MAP assessment, as our Fast Screener serves as the universal assessment. We will discuss assessment schedule details over the next week.

Trimester 2 - Important Dates

OVLC Specific Meetings for Trimester 2

(Common Planning Schedule, Instructional Design, Staff Meetings, Student Problem Solving, etc.)

Please hold your grade level common planning time each week. There may be instances when adjustments are made to the linked schedule. Unless otherwise notified, you only need to attend your content area common planning (literacy or math)

Updated 2020-2021 OASD School Calendar

  • This calendar reflects the adjustments Dr. Taylor communicated in regards to the additional Teacher Work Days added in January and February.

Student Supply Pick-Up


OVLC Print Order Document

  • February 10th (A-M), 11th(N-Z), 12th (if unable to pick up/ drop off previous 2 dates)
  • February 24th (A-M), 25th(N-Z), 26th (if unable to pick up/ drop off previous 2 dates)
**End of Trimester 2 is February 26th**

2020-2021 Staffing Process (Communication from HR)

The 2020-2021 school year created many unusual staffing changes. Many OASD teachers were involuntarily reassigned to another site and/or grade subject or volunteered to move into the OVLC for the 2020-2021 school year. We hired many more limited term non-renewing contracted teachers. As we move into staffing for the 2021-2022 school year, we need to use different processes to assign staff for post pandemic staffing needs. The following information is a basic outline of the process:

  • January 2021: Those who moved involuntarily to another site, moved voluntarily to OVLC, or have a limited term one year non-renewing contract will be emailed a survey to complete indicating placement preference for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • February 5, 2021: Any other teacher interested in moving into a new assignment should communicate that desire. If you want to move within your building, you should talk with your administrator. If you want to move to another building, you should speak first with your administrator, and then email Kristen Taylor. You will then be emailed a link to complete the preference survey.

  • February 10, 2021: Preliminary staffing that defines how many teachers we need and where is completed.

  • February 19, 2021: Administrators will work as a team to fill staffing needs using teacher preference survey and staffing needs. Teachers who must move due to position elimination will be prioritized over those who request a voluntary change.

  • March 1, 2021: Changes in placement will be communicated to all teachers who are being reassigned.

  • March 1- July 31, 2021: After March 1, the District will return to the normal transfer process. We will communicate vacancies as they occur, and all teachers can apply for any open positions as an internal applicant.


30 Strategies to Boost Student Engagement via Zoom

Tips for...

  • Ways to use polls
  • Ways to use the chat
  • Combating Zoom fatigue
  • Ways to use Breakout Rooms
  • Ways to use the Main Session Room

LINK to Document

Literacy Virtual Lessons from TCRWP

Writing Conference K-2

Writing Conferences - Narrative Writing - Viri Confers with Victoria
Writing Conference 3rd-6th
Writing Conferences - Essay Writing - Liz Confers with Henry

Other TCRWP Resources for Virtual Instruction within the Reading & Writing Workshop

  • TCRWP (padlets & resources)

  • TCRWP Page for Virtual Teaching Supports

  • VIDEO: Student Facing Mini Lessons (virtual instruction)

  • VIDEO: Conferring / Small Group tips for virtual instruction

  • VIDEO: Sample Mini Lesson (virtual instruction)

Number Corner Preview Videos for February

Number Corner is a critical—and beloved—component of Bridges in Mathematics.

It offers meaningful distributed practice of key skills and concepts and time for genuine questions and student discourse. Planning for Number Corner is particularly important this year, when many Bridges educators and their students face interruptions in learning and unique circumstances for instruction.

Beginning in September 2020, MLC began publishing monthly Number Corner preview videos for Kindergarten through Grade 5. These videos are available from the Resources and Support for 2020–21 page. Starting this month and recurring on the final Monday of each month through April, these videos will be shared here in the BES blog.

Each video is approximately 30 minutes and features an overview of the concepts and ideas for the month and a preview of each workout, as well as practical tips for organization and effective facilitation.

You can watch the February videos by visit the Resources section in the Implementation Blog portion of the Bridges Educator Site when logged in.

FREE Professional Learning Sessions: FastBridge & Educlimber

The following events have sessions geared towards Illuminate Ed platforms (FastBridge, eduCLIMBER, etc.) and are free:

Spring Virtual User Meeting- Feb 4th:
This meeting is a great way to dive into the Illuminate platform(s), discuss new releases, collaborate with other Illuminate users, share ideas, etc. This meeting is a virtual spin on our “regional meetings” we have held in the past.

When: February 4th from 9am-12:30pm PST
Who: Everyone!
Sessions/Agenda: See the agenda here!
How do I sign up?: This event is free but please sign up if you plan to attend OR if you want the recording! Click here to register.

Spring Webinar Series - “Spring Forward: Charting the Course for Growth” - Feb 9-19th:
Join us for two weeks of comprehensive professional development on important topics, like remote learning, social emotional and behavior (SEB), MTSS, equity, and formative assessment, all focused on student and educator success. This series has a huge range of sessions – there is something for everyone! You can register for as many – or as few – sessions as you like.

When: February 9th -19th, 2021 (Times will vary based on session)
Who: Everyone!
Sessions/Agenda: See here
How do I sign up?: Register by visiting the event’s homepage

What happens if I can’t attend? Sessions for both events will be recorded, but please sign up if you want the recording for the User Meeting, and sign up and check back after the Spring Webinar Series is completed to find all recorded sessions.

Helpful Links

Last Week's Smore

Intervention Document

OASD Instructional Tech Site

Ecommerce Ordering Instructions

Students Transitioning To/From OVLC and Face to Face

Logistics & Timelines:

  • Here is the T2 Student Transition Document

  • HERE is the Google Folder with Student Information (that you completed and building teachers worked on)

  • HERE is a document that provides the processes for students transitioning to and from OVLC and F2F